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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lexus LX 570 have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Cadillac Escalade ESV doesn’t offer pretensioners for the middle seat belts.
The LX 570 has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the LX 570. But it costs extra on the Escalade ESV.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the LX 570’s standard CRAWL Control allows you to creep down safely. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer CRAWL Control.
Both the LX 570 and the Escalade ESV have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and around view monitors.
For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the LX 570 has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade ESV.
A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the LX 570’s reliability 23 points higher than the Escalade ESV.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lexus first in reliability, above the industry average. With 60 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lexus vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lexus first in reliability. Cadillac is ranked 28th.
For better stopping power the LX 570’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade ESV:
The LX 570 stops shorter than the Escalade ESV:
60 to 0 MPH
The LX 570’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Escalade ESV’s standard 55 series tires.
The LX 570 handles at .78 G’s, while the Escalade ESV 4WD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the LX 570’s turning circle is 4.3 feet tighter than the Escalade ESV’s (38.7 feet vs. 43 feet).
For greater off-road capability the LX 570 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade ESV (8.9 vs. 8 inches), allowing the LX 570 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The LX 570 is 2 feet shorter than the Escalade ESV, making the LX 570 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.
The LX 570 has 21 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade ESV (143.4 vs. 122.4).
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the LX 570’s middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade ESV’s third row seats don’t recline.
The front step up height for the LX 570 is 3.2 inches lower than the Escalade ESV (18.8” vs. 22”).
A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the LX 570 easier. The LX 570’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Escalade ESV’s liftover is 31.6 inches.
A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the LX 570. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lexus service is better than Cadillac. J.D. Power ranks Lexus second in service department satisfaction. With a 1% lower rating, Cadillac is ranked third.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Escalade ESV, the LX 570 has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The LX 570’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Escalade ESV’s parking brake has to released manually.
The LX 570’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Escalade ESV’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.
If the windows are left open on the LX 570 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Escalade ESV can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The LX 570 has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer headlight washers.
Optional air-conditioned the front and second row seats keep the LX 570’s passengers comfortable and take the sting out of hot leather in summer. The Escalade ESV doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats for the second row.
The LX 570 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the LX 570 will retain 49.94% to 53.36% of its original price after five years, while the Escalade ESV only retains 36.55% to 38.43%.
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